Established in 1961, Telespazio is an actor of the very first hours of the space conquest. The live broadcast of images of man's first steps on the Moon, in 1969, is a highly symbolic illustration of Telespazio's active contribution to the technological and human challenges that changed the world, its perspectives, its way of working...

Nearly six decades of research, innovation, technological breakthroughs and exploration of the field of possibilities in space have forged a strong and structuring conviction.

At the forefront of technology revolutions

Telespazio draws its inspiration from the key industry players who have revolutionized the history of space for the benefit of citizens everywhere. Our group has built its heritage on ground-breaking advances and leap-ahead technologies:

  • First live satellite TV broadcast in 1964 from the Tokyo Olympics
  • Live pictures of humankind’s first steps on the Moon in 1969
  • First Ariane launch in 1979
  • Deployment and operation of the first constellation of radar Earth-observation satellites (COSMO-SkyMed) in 2007
  • Initial EGNOS and Galileo operations
  • EarthLab, the world’s first operational environmental monitoring centre, created in 2013

Telespazio has worked behind the scenes helping to reach all of the major milestones in the history of innovation and technology development in this domain.

The Space Alliance – Synergies serving space

Thales and Leonardo merged their space businesses in 2005 to give birth to the Space Alliance formed by Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space, today the world leader in space infrastructures.

The aim of this alliance is clear: to combine the know-how and resources of two companies to meet growing demand for space solutions from private, institutional, civil and military markets. Through this unique combination, the Space Alliance spans the full value chain of space applications from conception through to operation of infrastructures, as well as the value-added services they deliver.